Shane Lowry fulfils the promise with stunning 2015 Bridgestone Invitational win

Shane Lowry

THE Europeans have long pushed the merits of 28 year old Irishman Shane Lowry and he finally lived up to expectations with a two stroke win over a top field at the 2015 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational.

Lowry might have had a little luck from a branch of a tree or two – particularly to birdie the final hole – but there was no denying the raw talent on display.

He ended up with a flawless final round 4 under 66 at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, to beat two-time Major winner Bubba Watson (66) at 9-under.

Lowry first came to prominence when he won the Irish Open as a 16 year old amateur.

“I know everyone back home [in County Clara], the place I grew up, and there’s a party going,” Lowry said. “Everyone’s going to be at home, and my fiancée Wendy and my parents and Granny and everyone as well. It’s just great for me, great for my family to have their support.”

Lowry now has a three-year US PGA Tour exemption and the opportunity to play full-time on either side of the Atlantic. The win was his second as a professional, stretching back to the 2012 Portugal Masters.

“I can’t believe it,” Lowry said. “I’ve been playing good most of the year, and things just haven’t been going my way. I’ve missed a couple of cuts by a shot. And I was getting very down on myself. I played as good a golf as I’ve ever played the last four days. Managed to hole a few putts and get a bit of luck, which is nice.”

Bowditch and Day lead Aussies

Steven Bowditch (72) and Jason Day (69) were the best of the Aussies with the former’s third round 7-under 63 a standout.

Adam Scott didn’t have the best of tournaments, finishing at 5 –over tied for 45th.

The world’s top golfers now head for Whistling Straits and the year’s final major, the PGA Championship, where Rory McIlroy is now a likely starter.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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